After a heated election that featured prominent fights over the direction of United States energy policy, a free TheEnergyCollective.com webinar on Wednesday, January 9th (12pm Eastern / 9am Pacific), will take a look ahead at energy policy and politics in the 113th Congress. Details and registration here.
The September 2011 bankruptcy of solar manufacturer and stimulus-loan recipient, Solyndra, sparked a national media firestorm and political debate over the role of government in funding emerging clean energy technologies. The issue soon rose to prominence in the presidential campaign with Mitt Romney attacking Barack Obama on the stump and in televised debates over the president’s handling of stimulus funds for clean energy. Yet in the end, Obama won re-election handily and Democrats expanded their numbers in the Senate and House, seemingly giving Democrats the upper hand.
With the new Congress sworn in yesterday, what is in store for energy policy and politics in the 113th Congress?
That rich question will be the topic of a free webinar hosted by TheEnergyCollective.com on Wednesday, January 9th I’ll be moderating the discussion on behalf of TEC and will be joined by Josh Freed, Director the Clean Energy Program at the Democratically-aligned think tank Third Way, Jerry Taylor, a Senior Fellow and energy and environmental policy expert at the conservative Cato Institute, and Bruce Oppenheimer, a Professor of Public Policy and Education and Congressional expert at Vanderbilt University.
We’ll dive into a number of key questions to explore what’s ahead for energy policy in 2013:
- Should we read the election as a successful referendum on President Obama’s broad policy efforts to advance clean energy industries, including wind, solar, and advanced batteries?
- After the bruising fight over the “fiscall cliff,” how will the ongoing debate over spending and the national debt impact energy policy and politics?
- With the Environmental Protection Agency teed up to release a set of new regulations on everything from coal ash and hydrofracking to industrial boilers and carbon dioxide emissions at existing power plants and Republicans charging that existing regulations are already stifling domestic energy production, should we expect new Congressional action on EPA regulation?
- With the surge in American shale gas and oil production, what does the changing landscape of domestic energy production portend for the geopolitics and policy of energy in the United States?
- The fight is on to reform the fillibuster. Do we need to fix Congressional dysfunction before any progress can be made towards a national energy policy?
Audience participants can join the discussion as well, submitting questions directly via the webinar software or online via a live tweet-chat using the hashtag #TECLive.